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Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish
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The Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish comes from various river systems of Western Africa and is a peaceful bottom scavenger. It is yellowish to brown with many black spots.

A 50 gallon or larger aquarium with stable temperature, and plenty of rocks and plants provides a suitable environment. The Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish is a very peaceful tank member and appreciates having several hiding places.

When netting, one must be very careful of the spines on the pectoral fins which have serrated edges. These can become easily entangled in netting and may cause injury to the fish or hobbyist.

Currently, the Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish is not being successfully bred in the aquarium setting.

Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish are omnivores and should be offered sinking catfish pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, and a good quality flake food.

Ideal tank mates include: Cichlids of similar size, Gouramis, Larger Barbs, Larger Tetras, Rainbowfish, Larger Danios, Loaches, Plecos and Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish (Synodontis ocellifer)

Family: Mochokidae

Range: West Africa

Size: Up to 19 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Rocks, plants

Tank Conditions: 75-82°F; pH 6.5-7.8; dH 4-15

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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